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Dr. Lauren Elson

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Wellesley, MA
17 years experience female

Locations

Spaulding Rehabilitation

Wellesley, MA

Address

65 Walnut St, Wellesley, MA
Directions

Office

Wellesley, MA

About

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Sports Medicine

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

241 Answers
49 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Primary; specialist: Start with your primary care physician to make sure that you do not have a systemic condition (i.e. Hypothyroidism) that could be causing symptoms. S... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Re-evaluate cause: Carpal tunnel surgery will work if the nerve is being compressed in the wrist. Similar symptoms can also develop if the nerve is being compressed else... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Baby steps : Knowing that you need to improve it is the first step. If you are spending long hours in class, reading, or at a computer, good posture is needed to p... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Nerve desensitizatio: Acupuncture is very good at treating symptoms from damaged nerves. In conjunction with other treatments recommended by your physician it will likely r... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Core stabilization: People with connective tissue disorders and loose ligaments often have muscular pain from the large muscle groups working over time to maintain postur... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Heat= inflammation: Heat can help decrease muscle pain and spasm but it can make arthritis symptoms worse. Ice is a good anti- inflammatory modality. Do not use anything ... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Wean boot: You can slowly reduce your time in the boot as long as you continue to have no pain. At first, keep it on for longer walks. You would also benefit fro... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Yes: Acupuncture involves the placement of needles for therapeutic purposes. There are certain areas of the knee that can be needled, however knee pain do... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Expand the treatment: Usually the patella does not track correctly because of decreased hip abductor strength. Many physical therapists make the mistake of only treating t... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Rest/sports med eval: Pain after workout not involving chest likely from increased respiratory volume (deeper breathing) that occurs during exercise. A physical therapist c... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Inflammatory vs numb: The steroid may take a few days to kickin- so it is impossible to tell if you have had any relief from the anti- inflammatory relief of the steroid. T... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Hormonal changes: All of those symptoms may develop with hormonal changes. Acupuncture can be useful for helping with certain symptoms- but now you are not only treatin... Read More
A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Wear and tear: It is common to wake up with some back discomfort that improves with activity. Normal wear and tear (also called arthritis) can cause stiffness when... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Non-specific: Although inadequate nutrition can contribute to pain, there is not one vitamin deficiency that causes muscle pain. Vitamin d deficiency can increase o... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
See your doc: Pain, by itself, will not cause a period to be late. Best to have other causes for a late period work up.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Tight muscles: If the muscles, or fascia (the layer covering them) becomes tight, movement in one area of the body will cause pain/pulling in another area. A physia... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Not technically: The sciatic nerve technically is not formed until the buttock region. At this level, there are no nerves that could cause this symptom. There are ne... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Wait until no pain: Depending on where the fracture is, and the degree of joint involvement, you may need to give your body 6-8 weeks to heal. Often, you can progress mor... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Depends: Your mother's current state of health and activity are two of the biggest predictors on how she would do with surgery. If her pain is disabling her a... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Fibers contracting: The brain sends messages to the muckes (via nerves) to tell the muscle to move. Occasionally, the chemicals that mediate this process allow for a musc... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
4 vs 2: Quadriplegia means that all four of a person's limbs are not functioning at full capacity, whereas in hemiplegia, only two are affected.
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
See physiatrist: A physiatrist can help determine if there is an underlying cause (other than just plain sleeping mechanics) leading to the cause of your symptoms. So... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Ask pharmacist: Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) typically comes in 5 or 10 mg tablets. Solid white tablets that are scored (have a line through the center to show wher... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Neither : As long as the crack was not painful, it was not "bad." having your back cracked routinely can make you feel like you need to have it done all the ti... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Different components: Gnc sports vitamins (like most multivitamins) are made up of many individual vitamins and minerals. For example, vitamins b and c are water soluble, w... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Much potential: Life can be fufilling, even for those paralyzed. Depending on the needs and goals of the individual, most occupational, personal, and recreational go... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Bad reaction: Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) should not cause rls- if it is, talk to your doctor about changing medication or dose. Make sure it is not interacting... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Further work up: Alpha lipoic acid and other supplements can often help decrease the sensory symptoms of neuropathy. They may be able prevent progression of the motor ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Likely helpful: After your doctor has diagnosed you with costochondritis, you should do a course of physical therapy both for manual treatment, but also to evaluate y... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Physical therapy: Most knee pain in young athletes can be reduced by working with a sports-oriented physical therapist that can design an individualized program for you... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Should not: Muscle relaxers, taken as directed, should not affect your hormonal balance. See your primary care doctor or gyn for irregular periods.
A member asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Not serious, check!: So that they do not become a chronic problem, it is important to get achilles problems checked out. If it is a simple achilles tendinitis, it should r... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
When asymmtomatic: It is extremely imoprtant not to resume sports too soon after a concussion. After all of the symptoms have resolved (can take anywhere from a day to ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Multiple studies: Acupuncture is not a magic treatment for everything, but it is very effective at helping to manage some symptoms. Many research studies have shown th... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
See specialist: Make sure that your pain is from the "discs." most people with "degenerative discs" do not have pain. If the discs are causing pain, spinal stabiliz... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Fibers contracting: The brain sends messages to the muckes (via nerves) to tell the muscle to move. Occasionally, the chemicals that mediate this process allow for a musc... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Muscle or nerve: Muscle 'pulls' or strains can be irritated when you stretch or use the muscle. Tight muscles can also pull on the local nerves causing burning with s... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Depends...: Return to sport after an acl tear depends on if you are able to compensate for the torn ligament with strength of the surrounding muscles. You will be... Read More
A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Support helps: Not all knee arthritis is helpful. For some people, strengthening the hips muscles and re- in forcing the way the muscles behind and in front of the k... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Bodybuilding babies?: Most "baby food" is just puréed adult food. Like babies and other adults, body builders need to eat a healthy balanced diet. Body builders should prob... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Part of the plan: Acupuncture can be an excellent method of reducing muscle pain. The number of treatments required depends on how long the symptoms have been present a... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Personal choice: Unless you have a specific injury or pain that requires special attention, you should pick whichever form of exercise that you enjoy and feel safe doi... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Endurance/strength: Unless you have a neuromuscular disease, strength and endurance training will allow you to function without pain. Muscle tightness can be improved wi... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Very common!: Depending on the type of doctor that you see, it can be a large part of their practice. Sports medicine specialists, physiatrists, and orthopedists se... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Not inherited: Rotator cuff syndrome develops from the way you use the 4 muscles that stabilize the humerus (long arm bone above the elbow). Although alignment of yo... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
To treat or not?: Flat feet are, to a certain degree, a normal foot type. Many people live asymtomatcally with them. Other people, however, do develop knee, hip, and ba... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Normal or abnormal?: Muscle pain is a very common symptom. It can be related to muscle overuse, imbalance, or tightness. Muscle pain can, depending on where it hurts, your... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Yes, but...: Cortisone injections are not specifically a contraindications- but there are often non-invasive treatments for many of the same conditions. There rang... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Right for you: It is always helpful to have a physical therapist or athletic trainer help devise a program for you. Depending on your symptoms and fitness level, thi... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Muscle inhibition: Sometimes, when pain is perceived in an area, the body inhibits the muscles in the region to try to avoid activity. Your symptoms could be coming from... Read More

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Sep 2, 2013
Enjoy reading Dr. Elson's advice. Keep up the good work!
Excellent doc, you'll appreciate her expertise!
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Elson is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Really it made me feal good that it isn't as bad as I thought. More exercising will be required. Thanks Dr. Lauren
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i was able to do 12. near muscle failure i stopped as pain increased i will ice, thank you and i will have it look at scheduled August.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! My son has the stroke on his left hand someone advised me to do messag

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Tufts University School of Medicine, MA
Graduated 2005MD

Awards

Top Physical Medicine and Rehab Specialist, Second Place, Massachusetts - Winter
2013
Top Physical Medicine and Rehab Specialist, First Place, Massachusetts - Summer
2013
Top Physical Medicine and Rehab Specialist, First Place, Massachusetts - Spring
2015

Affiliations

International association of dance medicine and science
Performing Arts Medicine Association
American Medical Society of Sports Medicine
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